Fashion Show Spotlights Multicultural Attire


by ABIGAIL SKAALERUD, CSU Public Relations Intern

Do you ever look at your fashion and wonder what the similarities and differences are between what you’re wearing and what different types of cultures are wearing today?

On Tuesday, Feb. 19th, the Student Events Team will be hosting a Multicultural Fashion Show. Students from different backgrounds and cultures will be modeling cultural attire from their home countries and cultures.

The fashion show will begin at 8 p.m. and will be hosted in the CSU Ballroom. It is free and open to both students and the public. The goal of this event is to help the campus and MNSU as a whole to become more aware of the different cultures around us and how special and unique they each are.

“This event is something that is so unique on our campus. Having a fashion show on an actual runway is something that most college campuses don’t have,” Lucas Arndt, Mavericks After Dark chair, said. Come out for an opportunity to learn about the difference and uniqueness of all different types of cultures!


February Offers Celebration of Black History and Contributions

by: BRETT MARSHALL, CSU Public Relations Assistant

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Across the nation, February has become a celebration of culture as Black History Month focuses attention on the contributions of African Americans in politics, entertainment, science and medicine, athletics and much more.

At Minnesota State, the Multicultural Center and Black Student Union have events plan for the whole month including games, movie screenings, panels, special events and more! For a full schedule of events, check out the calendar.

The Origin Story

The beginnings of Black History Month trace back to 1926 when Carter G. Woodson, a renowned historian, scholar, educator, and publisher of that time, created “Negro History Week.” Negro History Week eventually turned into Black History Month in 1976. The month of February was chosen because of the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas. The month was created to celebrate the accomplishments of black people throughout history.

Black History Month is exclusively celebrated in the United States and Canada in February. It’s celebrated in United Kingdom, the Netherlands and Ireland in October.

Why It’s Important to Celebrate

There are many reasons to celebrate Black History Month, but perhaps the most important funnel down to the following: recognizing and honoring the contributions of blacks in history; learning about the treatment of blacks and how they need to be respected and treated as equals; and continuing to make progress for social justice.

How It’s Celebrated

There are tons of ways Black History Month is celebrated. A lot of celebration happens in places of education like schools. Teachers will often show students movies about black icons, read stories, share poetry, view documentaries, show them artwork, play black-inspired music like hip-hop, explore their accomplishments and more.

Outside of the classroom, the celebrations can be far more extravagant. Atlanta, considered to be a “Black Mecca,” has a big parade. The Smithsonian in Washington D.C. creates special exhibits dedicated to Black History. Nashville has festivals, musicals and more. Philadelphia hosts a Black History Essay Contest for grade schoolers.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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Where: First Floor Centennial Student Union

When: 1-4 PM Monday January 21, 2019 

  • We will work on several community service projects. Projects are open for anyone to join in to complete. Minors should be accompanied by adults. 
  • We will collect money to pay for lunches and milk breaks for ISD77 kids when their parents forget/are unable to pay for it. 
  • We will collect new or gently used kid-friendly college jerseys/t-shirts from MSU, Mankato or other colleges/universities, to share with ISD77 kids who need clothes. Shirts should be clean and in good shape. 

If you have questions, contact the Community Engagement Office at 507-389-5789. 

Community Celebration

by ALEX BAUMANN, CSU Public Relations Intern

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From 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Jan. 21 the 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration will be taking place. It will be in the Centennial Student Union Ballroom at Minnesota State University Mankato Reception, with an address by Rev. Dr. Powery, and presentation of the 2019 Pathfinder Award.

The 35th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Celebration is sponsored by the following organizations: Rasmussen College, Gustavus Adolphus College’s Diversity Center, Minnesota State University, Mankato, YWCA of Mankato, Greater Mankato Growth, Inc., South Central College, Creative Ad Solutions, Inc., Halverson Law Offices, Mankato and Greater Mankato Diversity Council.

FREE FOR MNSU Students using the following link:
About Rev. Dr. Luke Powery
Rev. Dr. Powery is the Dean of Duke University Chapel and Associate Professor of Homiletics at Duke Divinity School. A national leader in the theological study of the art of preaching (homiletics).
His teaching and research interests are located at the intersection of preaching, worship, pneumatology, and culture, particularly expressions of the African diaspora. He has written three books: Spirit Speech: Lament and Celebration in Preaching; Dem Dry Bones: Preaching, Death, and Hope; and his latest book Rise Up, Shepherd! Advent Reflections on the Spirituals. He has also co-authored an introductory textbook on preaching, Ways of the Word: Learning to Preach for Your Time and Place, and is currently working on the second in the series of meditations on the Spirituals, this time for the season of Lent. He is also a general editor of a forthcoming nine volume lectionary commentary series for preaching and worship titled, Connections.
Powery was ordained by the Progressive National Baptist Convention and has served in an ecumenical capacity in churches throughout Switzerland, Canada and the United States. In 2014, he was inducted into the Martin Luther King Jr. Collegium of Scholars at Morehouse College for his ethical and spiritual leadership in the academy, church, and broader society.
Prior to his appointment at Duke, he served as the Perry and Georgia Engle Assistant Professor of Homiletics at Princeton Theological Seminary. He received his B.A. in music with a concentration in vocal performance from Stanford University, his M.Div. from Princeton Theological Seminary, and his Th.D. from Emmanuel College at the University of Toronto.

Upcoming Events

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Welcome back Mavericks! All of us here at the Centennial Student Union hope you enjoyed your winter break. Now that you’re back, here’s what’s coming up the rest of this week! We hope to see you at a few of these events:

Thursday, Jan. 17

  • Hound Hugs & Kanine Kisses
    • Lincoln Lounge – 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Music Mash-Up: Karaoke, Mocktails & Live Performance from Icarus Account
    • Bullpen – 7:30 p.m. to 11 p.m.
  • Stomper’s Cinema: “Boy Erased”
    • Ostrander Auditorium – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18

  • Women’s Basketball vs Minnesota Duluth
    • Bresnan Arena – 5:30 p.m.
  • Stomper’s Cinema: “Boy Erased”
    • Ostrander Auditorium – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Hockey vs Lake Superior State
    • Verizon Center – 7:07 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball vs Minnesota Duluth
    • Bresnan Arena – 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 19

  • Women’s Basketball vs St. Cloud State
    • Bresnan Arena – 3:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Basketball vs St. Cloud State
    • Bresnan Arena – 5:30 p.m.
  • Stomper’s Cinema: “Boy Erased”
    • Ostrander Auditorium – 7 p.m. & 9:30 p.m.
  • Men’s Hockey vs Lake Superior State
    • Verizon Center – 7:07 p.m.

Monday, Jan 21. – Martin Luther King Jr. Day, No Classes

  • MLK Day of Service
    • CSU MavAve 1 p.m to 4 p.m.
  • MLK Community Celebration Banquet w/ Guest Speaker Rev. Dr. Lue Powery
    • CSU Ballroom – 5:30 p.m.

Maverick Holiday Carnival Tradition Continues on MNSU Campus

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Upon returning from break, Minnesota State University, Mankato is preparing for a tradition of


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their own.

Starting back in 2015, the Community Engagement Office created the Maverick Holiday Carnival. An event that offered an opportunity for college students, holiday fans and organizations to interact with children and families in the Mankato area.

Those interested in hosting a fun event, will create booths with activities/games for elementary students in the Mankato area and their families. Elementary students will attend,play games and win prizes at each booth, which will consist of carnival games for children up to 12 years old.

“The theme this year is Candyland Holiday Carnival, so we plan to incorporate lots of Candyland themed decorations as well as holiday decorations,” said Kennedi Alstead, Community Engagement Office, Graduate Advisor.

The Maverick Holiday Carnival will take place on December 9th in the Centennial Student Union, Ballroom from 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. However, organizations that are having an activity will have access to the ballroom starting at 11 a.m. and should be ready to go by 1:15 p.m. The actual event will take from 1:30-3:30 p.m. for the actual event and no later than 5 p.m. to take down.

The Community Engagement Office is looking for organizations, chapters, offices, and departments to host a booth for their event. Mavs in Action will pay for $50 of supplies for each group that participates. Groups that sign up before November 16th, will have the privilege of Mavs in Action getting the supplies for their game for them. The form will include, supplies needed and a description of their activity. If groups want to be a part but do not have an idea for an activity, we have many ideas available to offer.

The sign-up form will be available on engage for groups to sign up until the end of November. But those who sign up after November 16th will be in charge of getting their own supplies.

“Additionally, there will be a competition where kids can vote on their favorite booth! The winning group will receive a special prize,” said Alstead.

Organizations interested in being a part of this fun tradition can apply here and  contact for more information.

What do the Holidays look like for Internationals

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by ALEJANDRO REYES VEGA, CSU Public Relations Assistant

Imagine that you are moving to an entirely different country where maybe not even your first language is spoken. Differences will probably keep appearing food, music, stores and the people. This can be challenging at times and connecting with people from other cultures can be a struggle. However, at MSU there is a program to help international students learn and feel more comfortable.

The Friendship Family Program (FFP) is designed for (either incoming or current) international students. FFP is essentially made to assist these students to have a smooth transition from their home country to a new environment. It can be difficult for some of us to adjust into a new way of living. That’s why FFP strives to help international students learn the “American” lifestyle by having another family by their sides. FFP is also the place where passionate culture exchange happens. Students and families get to know more about each other, share cultures, and learn to embrace diversity.

The members of FFP collect applications from students and volunteer families, then match them up randomly. Usually, 1-2 students are matched with one family. At the beginning of a semester, an event is thrown for the participants to meet each other for the first time and share contacts. Throughout the semester, they have get-together events for them to connect with other students and families and have fun nights!

Thanksgiving is a holiday that is not celebrated in every country in the world, therefore, it is for many their first time. FFP helps many international students learn the traditions that make-up Thanksgiving so they can continue to learn more of the “American” culture.

However, not every international student is part of FFP and have to look for other options. In my experience, most of my friends including myself choose to travel to some new part of the United States or perhaps where some distant relatives or close friend lives. In my five years living in the United States, I have been able to visit many states along with their cities. Being international means that going home for the holidays is not always an option. Therefore, home can be that place where you gather with friends, or you choose to spend your vacation at.

Reflecting on the Holocaust

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by Morgan Stolpa, CSU Public Relations Intern

Spotlighting Minnesota Holocaust survivors is the focus of a series of free events through the Social Justice Lecture Series.

The series is presented by the Minnesota State Mankato’s Department of Sociology and Corrections, the Kessel Peace Institute and the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.

“These events focus on the Holocaust, both its past and the lessons we can learn from it today to create a more peaceful world,” Carol Glasser, director of the Kessel Peace Institute, said.

Transfer of Memory Photography Exhibit (Oct. 8 – Oct. 23) (CSU Art Gallery)

The gallery is located in the basement of the Centennial Student Union and will be open during CSU operating hours:

Mondays-Fridays 6:30 AM – 12:00 AM

Saturdays 8:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

Sundays 10:00 AM – 12:00 AM 

The exhibit illustrates Holocaust survivors living in Minnesota, in their homes, in full colors. Each story is about survival during unfathomable circumstances. However, the collection focuses on life and hope.

Echoes and Reflections Teacher Training (Oct. 16, 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

Echoes and Reflections is a training for teachers dedicated to reshaping the way that teachers and students understand, process and navigate the world by supporting effective teaching of the Holocaust. This is a program for K-12 educators and educators-in-training. The program provides access to a range of classroom-ready content, sound teaching pedagogy and instructional strategies — all designed to engage students in a comprehensive study of events and to explore how the Holocaust continues to influence social issues in the world today.

An RSVP is required to attend, due to the targeted audience for this training. Please contact Dr. Kyle Ward at kyle.ward@mnsu.eduto RSVP.

Finding Art in my Photography with David Sherman (Oct. 17, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.) (Morris Hall 103)

NBA Team Photographer for the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, David Sherman is another creative mind behind the Transfer of Memory exhibit. In this talk Sherman will discuss how Transfer of Memory opened his creativity and allowed him to think of his daily and personal work in terms of art instead of only its commercial application.  He also will discuss how creating Transfer of Memory allowed him to develop an artful voice.

Closing Reception for the Transfer of Memory Exhibit (Oct. 22, 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.) (CSU Lounge, next to the Art Gallery)

 The closing reception of the Transfer of Memory Exhibit will allow attendees the opportunity to talk with the speakers, one another, tour the exhibit, and to celebrate this powerful series of events.

If you are a professor and would like to incorporate any of these events into your classes, you can request attendance and sign-up sheets for class participation or individual extra credit. Students will be provided with FREE copies of the book, Witness to the Holocaust: Stories of Minnesota Holocaust Survivors.

If you have any questions about these events contact Carol Glasser at carol.glasser@mnsu.eduor (507)-389-1345.


Celebrating 150 Years of MSU: What It Means for You!

Minnesota State is set to celebrate a major milestone in 2018 as it will celebrate its 150th birthday.

“It’s a huge milestone for our institution,” Paul Hustoles, chair of the 150th observance, said. “It gives us an opportunity to really look at our past and an opportunity to think about the next 150 years. It’s not every day you get to celebrate your 150th birthday.”

Founded on Oct. 7, 1868, MSU is Minnesota’s third oldest university behind Winona State University (1858) and the University of Minnesota (1851). MSU has been celebrating over the last year and it will cap off the celebrations with homecoming and a few other events in the coming weeks.

“We have had more than 150 events during the past year, including this past summer,” Hustoles said. “We are just coming into our ‘grand finale week.'”

The full schedule of events for the 150th Celebration Week, courtesy of Paul Hustoles.

Celebration events include the “Stomping Through the Decades” Homecoming Parade, several presentations, dedications to MSU buildings, speakers and more. Saturday, Oct. 6 marks the finale of the celebration and will be the Birthday Bash party in the CSU.

“We are taking over the CSU and it should be a great time,” Hustoles said. “Of course we will have cake and ice cream, but also fun and games, a variety show, a big dance and an amazing laser show projected onto to the CSU.”

Hustoles said the event is free to “every member of our MSU community” and more details regarding the event should be available soon. He also stressed the importance of celebrating the university’s milestone.

“Current students will forever be part of our history. [There’s] no time like the present to celebrate our collective past and our anticipated future,” he said.

For more information about MSU’s 150th Observance, please contact Paul Hustoles at or visit

The Best Weekend Yet

by: Brett Marshall

Homecoming weekend is usually one of students’ favorite events of the year and that’s largely due to the exciting events that take place.

You’ve probably seen the event names all over the place, but what exactly should you expect? Luckily for you, this is my fifth homecoming, so I’m here to provide you with a little rundown of the week’s remaining events.

Lip Sync & Coronation

By far one of my favorite events of the year. During the last two or three weeks, RSOs have formed teams and have been practicing a full-blown dance routine. The routines usually last five to six minutes and include props, flips, lifts, one person always lip syncing and much more. Thursday at 7 p.m. in Bresnan Arena, the teams perform their routines live in front of a panel of judges and students and are scored on certain criteria including, but not limited to, originality, creativity and incorporating the homecoming theme.

After each of the teams has performed its routine, the Student Events Team reveals the MSU Homecoming Royalty. Two people are crowned and win based on interviews and votes from MSU students. Following that, the judges announce the winners of the Lip Sync competition. The atmosphere of this event is electric and the performers always put on dazzling routines. If you only make it to one event this weekend, make sure it’s lip sync!

Homecoming Concert

Fetty Wap comes to Kato as one of the biggest names the campus has seen in recent memory. He’s sure to put on amazing show, which will begin with a performance from Silento. The concert is always packed, loud and exciting. Grab some friends and catch a one-of-a-kind concert in Myers Field House Friday at 7 p.m.

Homecoming Parade

This should be one of the best parades MSU has ever had. Saturday’s Stomping Through the Decades Parade will be downtown for the first time in years. The parade, which begins at 10 a.m., is packed full of Maverick pride including royalty, handmade RSO floats, local law enforcement and fire vehicles, Maverick Machine pep band, city officials, academic clubs and many other entries. RSO’s compete by trying to create the best float and are again scored by a panel of judges. They go all out for these and often have jaw dropping setups as they stroll down the street. To find out more details and to find transportation information for the parade, check out last week’s article.

Football Game

The rival Huskies of St. Cloud State University come town for the Homecoming Finale. The Mavericks enter the weekend ranked as the #1 team in Division II setting the stage for a terrific matchup. Grab your friends, pack Blakeslee Stadium Saturday at 2 p.m. and cheer the Mavs to victory.